PARIS — The Grand Palais, the elegant glass-domed exhibition hall here that is home to Chanel fashion shows, art exhibitions and swanky antique fairs, took on a different character last weekend as surfwear giant Quiksilver celebrated its 40th anniversary, complete with what was billed as the biggest vert ramp in Europe.
Over two days, thousands of skate and extreme-sport enthusiasts wheeled their way to the event to catch a glimpse of Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater, along with a fashion show and a live art performance by graffiti artist-nightclub impresario André Saraiva.
“It brings together skate, music and art,” said Quiksilver chief executive officer Bob McKnight. “We are excited to celebrate [the] anniversary with the greatest global athletes who create the story of Quiksilver.”
Along with Slater, Reese Forbes, Alex Olson, Jérémy Florès, Robby Naish and Kassia Meador were among the brand’s ambassadors who took to the runway or ramp for Quiksilver and Roxy, the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based firm’s women’s label. They then gave way to Hawk and his crew, Sergie Ventura and Jean Postec, who wowed fans with their skating skills.
Chichi Menendez of Fandango.com teamed up with Quiksilver to mount an exhibition chronicling 40 years of urban, sport and surf fashions — from psychedelic board shorts to today’s high-tech helmets with built-in MP3 players.
A seven-time surf world champion, Slater has been sponsored by Quiksilver for 19 years and said he just inked another five-year contract that could include a signature clothing line.
Other Quiksilver brand ambassadors are pursuing collections under the company banner. Meador is the second female surfer after Tory Bright to design a collection for Roxy. It’s slated for spring-summer.
“I have just designed a wetsuit line, and am designing a signature line with T-shirts and leggings,” she said. “Everything is in a gray scale. It’s for the urban surfer.”
Team riders Forbes and Olsen are working on a new line of skate gear and denim for Quiksilver for fall 2010.
“Everything will be rider focused, so it’s good to include the riders in the clothing process,” Forbes said. “Our denim has a feature called Coolmax, that’s integrated into the clothing so one can skate and sweat all day.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)